SLAMonline Mock Draft: Ty Lawson, No. 17
Philly lands another productive guard.
by Franklyn Calle
With the 17th pick in the 2009 SLAMonline Mock Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select…
Ty Lawson. Yeah, I know what some of you might already be saying… “He’s too short!” “He’s injury prone!” Well let me tell you this. This guy has the heart of a lion. And do I have to remind anyone that he is the ’08-09 ACC Player of the Year, the first time a point guard won the honor since Tar Heel Phil Ford in 1978?
Andre Miller is now a free agent and negotiations can’t begin until July 1. Right now it’s uncertain whether he will be returning to the city of brotherly love next season. Taking into consideration the uncertainty at the guard position, if there is a great guard available, there shouldn’t be a argument as to who we should draft.
At 5-11, Lawson can drive to the basket just as good as a 6-4 guard. He possess just about everything an ideal true point guard should. He’s unselfish. His court vision is second to none. His passing skills are top notch. He has exceptionally well ball handling skills. He’s just as quick as anybody on the draft board. Sits on the body frame of a line backer. He flourishes when playing in transition. He’s very effective when shooting off the pass. He cuts to the basket and gets in the passing lane as well as anyone. The bottom line is that Lawson’s potential is unlimited.
Now there are a few things that the Maryland native needs to work on. He needs to strengthen his midrange game as well as shooting off the dribble. But overall the former Tar Heel is ready to make an immediate impact at the next level.
Even if Miller signs with the 76ers this summer, I believe Lawson is the right way to go, considering Miller turned 33 this past season and injuries or a simply slow down are possible effects. Even with Miller on the roster and on the floor, Lawson will be a great contributor to an already fast-paced game led by the two Andres, Miller and Iguodala.
Lawson led the University of North Carolina to an NCAA National Championship after withdrawing his name from the 2008 NBA Draft on the day of the withdrawal deadline last year in June. The Second-Team All American was the second leading scorer for the Tar Heels averaging 16.6 ppg while shooting 53.2 percent from the floor, including a team high 47.2 percent from behind the arc. He did a excellent job distributing the ball, averaging 6.6 apg.
After already making it clear to everyone that we are going to draft a guard, we invited five guards last Friday to watch them workout. Aside from Lawson, the 10 a.m. workout included Toney Douglas of Florida State, Stefon Jackson of Texas-El Paso, Jodie Meeks of Kentucky and Terrence Williams of Louisville.
For the last two seasons, we ranked last in the NBA when it comes to three-point shooting. Lawson has the highest three-point accuracy of all the prospects we’re considering.
Now don’t get me wrong, we need to sign Miller. That’s one of our primary objectives for the summer. Miller and Iguodala are the reason we made it to Playoffs. But if things don’t go as planned, we need someone who can handle the heat. And Lawson has proven he likes to perform when the lights are on. I’m pretty sure Philly fans will appreciate the incredible work ethic.
|2009 SLAMonline Mock Draft Results|
|1||L.A. Clippers||Blake Griffin|
|2||Memphis Grizzlies||Hasheem Thabeet|
|3||Oklahoma City Thunder||Ricky Rubio|
|4||Sacramento Kings||Brandon Jennings|
|5||Washington Wizards||Jordan Hill|
|6||Minnesota Timberwolves||Demar DeRozan|
|7||Golden State Warriors||James Harden|
|8||New York Knicks||Stephen Curry|
|9||Toronto Raptors||Tyreke Evans|
|10||Milwaukee Bucks||Jonny Flynn|
|11||New Jersey Nets||DeJuan Blair|
|12||Charlotte Bobcats||Terrence Williams|
|13||Indiana Pacers||Earl Clark|
|14||Phoenix Suns||Jrue Holiday|
|15||Detroit Pistons||B.J. Mullens|
|16||Chicago Bulls||Sam Young|
|17||Philadelphia 76ers||Ty Lawson|